South African union says vote for Exxaro strike likely

June 8, 2011 11:15

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday a majority of its members at miner Exxaro had so far voted in favor of a strike over planned retrenchments at the company.

The voting will conclude later on Wednesday.

Exxaro, which mines for coal, zinc and mineral sands, said in November last year it might cut up to 300 jobs as it seeks to improve productivity and reduce costs of services and operations. The company employs some 10,500 people.

"The voting is still going on, but so far the majority of those balloted are for a strike action," NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said.

The union said more than 7,000 of its members were employed by Exxaro.

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